2015 MercedesBenz C400 4Matic First Drives Road & Track

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By Jason Cammisa March 21, / Photos by Mercedes-Benz

It#146;s damn time that of luxury automobiles stop to emulate the BMW 3 Series. Yes, for a decades it was the world#146;s best-driving sport-luxury sedan. But thanks to so other automakers#146; lack of and a disregard for their own company#146;s we now have a market flooded wannabe sports sedans miss the mark. Hell, BMW can#146;t do what it used to. So about time that stopped trying to. Mercedes has, and the result is spectacular#151;perhaps be a lesson to everyone else.

set aside for a second that the new is about as big inside as an S-Class was decades ago when the original Benz went on sale in Making the W201 #147;190E#148; wasn#146;t a choice#151;Mercedes needed it to CAFE fuel-economy standards. And the car#146;s brief was as clear as The W201 would be a baby

And it was. It drove like a It tipped the scales at a welterweight lbs, but felt like it 5400. Its five-link computer-designed suspension (a world-first) made its ride was nothing like of a small car’s. It slipped the air with an almost unheard-of coefficient, and at 140-mph Autobahn was as stable as a high-speed train.


When the corners came, it sports-car grip numbers, but it toward the outside like a in a packed church. It might been a good performer, but the made no pretense of sportiness And guess what? Mercedes a gobsmacking 1.9 million of the things.

As was replaced by the W202, which the Mr. Peanut-headlight W203, which gave way to yesterday#146;s W204, and the lost all contact with its S. It became a 3 Series clone far too much emphasis on driver (#147;dynamism#148; in Mercedes-speak) and far too little on being a luxury car. In 2.4 million W204s left dealers. That#146;s hardly a number, but it#146;s also not more than the W201 did all years ago, before cars actually became

As W204 retires, the W205 is on the horizon, set to go on sale this And to put it mildly, Mercedes is back.

Just like it took a eye to tell the W201 from its siblings, the new C looks like a S-Class. The new design language marks a return to the simple, styling that once onto Mercedes automobiles the pens of masters Bracq and and Sacco. The C-Class#146;s front is impossibly small, its side largely unadorned, and its stance is at muscular and elegant. With the of its in-your-face face, it#146;s a work of restrained simplicity.

And you open the door. Close eyes and picture the most luxury car you#146;ve ever in. Then shrink it in size but not That is the 2015 C-Class. element of its cabin is a piece of art.

We#146;ll let the photos do the here, but when you sit in the new C, whether up or in back, you#146;re sitting in the cabin in this class. The A4 has nothing on this; the 3 Series#146;s materials can#146;t compare to the in this car. Wow.

The US market C-Class will in two flavors, initially: the C300 with a turbo four, and the 4MATIC, with a twin-turbo V6. As names suggest, both with all-wheel drive, the C300 will be available rear-wheel drive shortly launch. (Which, incidentally, be late this year#151;and C-classes will be built in the US for the time.)

The C400#146;s 3.0-liter V6 out 329 hp and 354 lb-ft, more than to move it with serious (assisted by weight savings of up to a 220 lbs, thanks to the generous use of in the W205#146;s structure.) The fixed-split system (45 percent front, 55 rear) puts all the power to the all the time#151;wheelspin in the dry isn#146;t a remote

Unfortunately, the seven-speed automatic clumsy, slow, and clunky. And if being honest, the twin-turbo V6 the perfect argument for its rumored replacement. Not only is it too loud and but the whiny V6 engine note match the elegance of the rest of the

The better engine choice is, unexpectedly, the four-cylinder. Preliminary peg the turbo 2.0-liter#146;s output at 241 hp and 273 for the US market, but the European-spec car we drove was far powerful.

Wearing a C250 badge, the Euro car is rated at 208 hp and 258 lb-ft and can accelerate to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds, according to It is more than quick and the engine is not only far quieter the V6, its sound is far less offensive. yet, the C250#146;s transmission is and quicker to respond#151;and it felt it wore a half-ton less over the front end. the smaller engine and lack of drive would save a amount of pounds.

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Rear- and C-Classes use steering racks different suppliers, but they similar (though the rear-drive was significantly lighter). Feedback is eliminated thanks to the electric assist, but the rack#146;s variable tightens progressively as you add lock. slow enough on-center to any chance of nervousness, but it then naturally. It#146;s brilliant#151;and a improvement on the nonlinear, surprise-ratio-change on the current SL roadster.

Our test consisted of roads with a bump on them, so we#146;ll to wait until we get the C-Class on our own to make a final comment, but the ride was exemplary. Airmatic air is available as an option#151;but don#146;t be into thinking the system a plusher ride. By using air it means the C-Class won#146;t degradation in ride quality it#146;s fully loaded.

The C400 demonstrated a marked to turn, but the lighter C250 in quickly and remains fairly in corners, with exemplary control. Mid-corner bumps are met a substantial thwack! . which be an issue on our horrendous roads.

But C-Class isn#146;t trying to be a sedan#151;and that#146;s a key point. As a machine, it#146;s spectacular.

loaded the new C-Class, of course, of active and passive safety including autonomous cruise and braking. The latest version of infotainment system has gained functionality but lost a lot more in

Everyone using it was continually are redundant screens, redundant redundant controls. There#146;s a new touch-sensitive pad that towers the circular controller, used in for pinch-to-zoom commands as well as out destination entries. Unfortunately, it has buttons on it that are unusable driving, and if you reach past it to use the controller, it senses your and does all sorts of things you intend.

Ironically, we sampled the distracting new the same week that announced its partnership with So let#146;s hope this of COMAND is short-lived#151;and that and every other car company#151;can distracting itself from the of building cars.

Because, as the new proves, Mercedes is still much able to produce of the best cars in the world. It needed to stop pretending it was

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